Greenwild: The World Behind the Door

Farrar. (Greenwild: Bk. 1). Jun. 2023. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374391379.
Gr 5 Up–A superbly written, exciting debut that will leave fantasy lovers wanting more. Eleven-year-old Persian-British protagonist Daisy Thistledown lives a nomadic life of adventure, following her journalist mother as she chases global stories. Then, Ma goes missing while on assignment. Following her mother’s last request, Daisy seeks refuge in Greenwild, a hidden world of botanical magicians (“Botanists”) and discovers she is one of them. While unraveling the mystery of Ma’s disappearance, Daisy and her new friends uncover a plot that threatens the entire planet. The children’s harrowing adventures propel the story. Their efforts to stop the nature-destroying Grim Reapers end in a dramatic battle where Daisy’s heroism shines. Thomson expertly uses figurative language to establish setting and engage readers. This title is perfect for fantasy fans and as a fiction accompaniment to conservation units.
VERDICT With its clever worldbuilding, high-stakes plot, and well-developed characters, this first novel in the “Greenwild” series is a must-purchase.

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